On 25 July 1909 Frenchman Louis Bleriot became the first person to fly the English Channel. He was guided by smoke from a French destroyer, sighted land at St Margaretís Bay, and subsequently made a crash landing in Northfall Meadow, behind Dover Castle.
Five days earlier, Englishman Herbert Latham ditched in the sea attempting this same feat.
"Flight" February 5th 1910 - BLERIOT MEMORIAL AT DOVER.
In order to commemorate the great Channel flight of M. Bleriot; the Aero Club at once announced their intention of erecting a monument upon the spot of landing. Mr. A. Duckham, a member of the Club, then generously offered to defray the cost of this, and a full-sized Bleriot aeroplane, made in stone, and which is let into the ground at Dover, on the spot where Bleriot landed, in the North Fall Meadow, just behind Dover Castle, is the form which this great monument has taken, as seen in our photograph.